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Marriott Recognizes Award of Excellence Honorees


Ten Employees Selected for Company’s Highest Recognition from a Workforce of 151,000

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) honored ten employees, out of a worldwide workforce of approximately 151,000, with the J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence at a gala last night in Bethesda, Md. This prestigious award was established in 1987 as a lasting tribute to the company’s founder J. Willard Marriott and his ideals of achievement, character, dedication, effort and perseverance. Marriott also announced the recipient of the Alice S. Marriott Award for Community Service, named after the company’s co-founder, as well as the J.W. Marriott, Jr. Diversity Excellence Award, named after the company’s chairman.

More than 350 hourly and managerial associates were nominated this year by their supervisors and peers for their commitment to excellence, teamwork and “spirit to serve.” A committee representing Marriott’s senior management selected the following honorees:

Raymond Donato
Food & Beverage Manager
Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club
Kapolei, Hawaii

Monique McKenzie
Director of Business Travel and Leisure Sales
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Sarasota, Fla.

Christopher Giuntoli
Director of Event Planning
San Francisco Marriott
San Francisco, Calif.

Fredi Melo
Maintenance Mechanic
Westchester Marriott
Tarrytown, N.Y.

Vo Lan
Marriott International, Inc.
Washington, D.C.

Nazeer Parol
Housing Maintenance Supervisor
JW Marriott Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Rosa Lesman
Assistant General Manager
Courtyard by Marriott JFK NY
Jamaica, N.Y.

Remedios Perez
Banquet Chef
Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum
Dallas, Texas

Marion Marshall
Breakfast Ambassador
Fairfield Inn Albany East Greenbush
East Greenbush, N.Y.

Elizabeth Shackleton
Guest Relations Manager
Goa Marriott Resort
Miramar, Panaji, India

This year’s Alice S. Marriott Award for Community Service was awarded to the Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel in Brazil for creating a volunteer program that engages nearly 600 employees year round. Last year, 100 percent of them volunteered in community services activities, which included preparing and serving meals at a local soup kitchen, planting tree saplings for a healthier environment, and mentoring students through the Youth Career Initiative program. Since 1992, the Alice S. Marriott Award for Community Service has recognized a company facility and its employees for continuing the commitment of both co-founders to help improve the lives of others through the gift of energy, time and resources.

The J.W. Marriott, Jr. Diversity Excellence Award was presented to the Dayton Marriott Hotel in Ohio, which formed the Alliance for Work-Based Education in partnership with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Province Ministry Fund. Through the program, employees attend on-site tutoring sessions on business days, learning basic communication skills, English, math and life skills needed to eventually advance their careers.

The Diversity Excellence award was established to recognize a business unit or corporate department that demonstrates excellence in promoting Marriott’s long-standing commitment to diversity and building an environment of inclusion for all. Through the years, this legacy has become a fundamental operating principle and business imperative.


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